Lat: 29.3°N, Long: 89.6°E, Diam: 114 km, Depth: 1.07 km, Rükl: 27
left: Lunar Orbiter IV
right: LROC . Rayleigh is the eroded crater at center, with satellites B and D on its floor ; also visible are craters Urey at lower left and Lyapunov at bottom center of image
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(LAC zone 45B2) USGS Digital Atlas PDF
Depth data from Kurt Fisher database
- Westfall, 2000: 1.07 km
- John William Strutt, 3rd Baron Rayleigh (12 November 1842 – 30 June 1919) was an English physicist who (with William Ramsay) discovered the element argon, an achievement that earned him the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1904. He also discovered the phenomenon now called Rayleigh scattering and predicted the existence of the surface waves now known as Rayleigh waves.
- Name given by Arthur and Whitaker in Rectified Lunar Atlas (1963) and approved by IAU in 1964 (Whitaker, 1999, p234).
- On the farside map of Hallwag (and also on Antonin Rukl's farside map), this name (Rayleigh) was erroneously printed at the location of crater Minnaert.- DannyCaes Jun 19, 2010